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Hi.

 

I'm a bit of a shoe n00b. 

I bought these Alden bluchers on eBay a few months back (in march). I have sinned and not used shoe trees in them, I will start in a few weeks though as I will buy a pair of Alden shoe trees in NYC. 

 

I've only worn them three or four times, but I've noticed somewhat of an ankle flaring. Is this a major issue that can't be fixed or will help if I let the shoes rest with shoe trees in them for a while?

 

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post #53882 of 89398
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I've only worn them three or four times, but I've noticed somewhat of an ankle flaring. Is this a major issue that can't be fixed or will help if I let the shoes rest with shoe trees in them for a while?

 

I don't have this issue with any of my Aldens, but I do with my AE Strands, although it is fairly slight in my instance.  I suppose it is a slightly improper fit, but I just live with it as it is not uncomfortable nor unsightly.  It has nothing to do with shoe tree use. Perhaps someone else hear could elaborate.  Enjoy and wear in good health my friend!

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Originally Posted by OlafG View Post

Hi.

I'm a bit of a shoe n00b. 
I bought these Alden bluchers on eBay a few months back (in march). I have sinned and not used shoe trees in them, I will start in a few weeks though as I will buy a pair of Alden shoe trees in NYC. 

I've only worn them three or four times, but I've noticed somewhat of an ankle flaring. Is this a major issue that can't be fixed or will help if I let the shoes rest with shoe trees in them for a while?



This looks like one of two things: 1) A very poor fit - you should be in a narrower shoe or 2) These are seconds or defectively made shoes. Without much info I am going with 1.
post #53884 of 89398

Also, You don't have to wait to get Alden shoe trees from NYC.  They don't make their own trees, they just order them from another company with their own name plate.  I get a lot of mine from Amazon.  Since I am a prime member I get free shipping, so it works out to be a little cheaper or the same as buying them in-store.

 

Many folks get them from Jos. A Bank during their buy 1 get 2 sale, or whatever it is.

 

Either way, you can get what are essentially the same trees from other sources for cheaper.

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Also, You don't have to wait to get Alden shoe trees from NYC.  They don't make their own trees, they just order them from another company with their own name plate.  I get a lot of mine from Amazon.  Since I am a prime member I get free shipping, so it works out to be a little cheaper or the same as buying them in-store.

Many folks get them from Jos. A Bank during their buy 1 get 2 sale, or whatever it is.

Either way, you can get what are essentially the same trees from other sources for cheaper.

Bakes is correct. Almost 90% of shoe trees are made by Woodlore, and Allen Edmonds Company. They sell these all over and from a range of prices. You can find them if you've got a Nordstrom Rack by you for $12.90, on sale they're $9.90.

Don't blow a bunch of $$$ on a shoe tree with a specific plaque on it. Besides...you'll have more $$$ for shoes :-)
post #53886 of 89398
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If my math is correct, you just dropped $700 on a belt. Don't tell any relatives. They may have you committed.

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I did tell a friend so he could come and get it if I died before my partner (who doesn't know) took it to goodwill.
post #53887 of 89398
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After lurking for sizing advice (thanks), I thought I would register to show my recent Alden irregulars. I had to get the right camera angle to show the small side impression on the 8 Barrie Chukka that came today. I have had the Aberdeen Cap Toe for a bit and really couldn't find anything wrong. Alden can bypass the retailer and just send these "mistakes" directly to me in the future. Both fit nicely, but I expect the Hampton to be the best last for me. I'm not sure if I would go down a half size on other Barrie boot styles though.



welcome to the forum
enjoy wearing chukkas and straight tip in good health
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Both an over-done #snapseed and nofilter version today: Alden 974s



nephew,
wt look good in natural light
post #53889 of 89398
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Forgive the iPhone pics, Ravello LWB.

nephew,
looking good in your gunboats
post #53890 of 89398
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I did tell a friend so he could come and get it if I died before my partner (who doesn't know) took it to goodwill.

That is very funny and very smart. I had a look at the site you bought the buckle from and noted that you did not go with the $4K buckle. Admirable self-restraint. :-)
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nephew,
wear your full strap in good health
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Started on the Mac break in method on my Cigar Straight Tips.

nephew,
I like your cigars
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And started the break in period on my Whiskey LWBs.

No one seemed to notice my three shoes in one day stunt. But I did wait until the end of the day... smile.gif

nephew,
enjoy wearing your gunboats
post #53894 of 89398
ravello lhs
argyles otc

post #53895 of 89398

Hello,

 

Recently purchased Nano Protector from Leffot (http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/nano-protector-1334.html ) and also the Saphir Suede Care Starter Kit (http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-suede-care-starter-kit.html#.UcZtnfke98E) from the Hanger Project, which includes both Shapir Renovateur and Shapir Super Invulner Protector. I have a pair of snuff suede alden chukkas x JCrew (crepe sole) and I want to protect them so I can start wearing them and no get worried about a sudden rainstorm. What would you gentlemen recommend as far as preparing these for their first use? Is Nano Protector or Saphir Super Invulner preferred over each other? What does the Shapir Renovateur do? How often and how much should I apply of this stuff?

 

Thanks!

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